While watching my mother make cookie dough or cake batter, there was one thing that always happened. After placing the last of the the dough on the cookie sheet or in the baking pan, there was always a remnant left at the edges of the mixing bowl. Instead of using her rubber scraper to get every morsel she would LEAVE IT for us kids to enjoy. Even though my mother knew she could get another cookie or two from the left-over dough or a bit more cake from the batter, she chose to let the enjoyment of her children take precedence.
When finishing a well-fought sport competition, leaving behind a sense of camaraderie is a lasting memory to enjoy. This learned behavior creates a spirit of friendship between competitors. Team members and coaches must purposefully leave the game with a sense of goodwill which in turn will benefit all those watching.
Moses directed the people of Israel to LEAVE IT as they harvested their crops...
“When you are harvesting your crops and forget to bring in a bundle of grain from your field, don’t go back to get it...rather
LEAVE IT for the foreigners, orphans, and widows. Then the Lord your God will bless you in all you do. When you beat the olives from your olive trees, don’t go over the boughs twice. Leave the remaining olives for the foreigners, orphans, and widows. When you gather the grapes in your vineyard, do not go over the vines again...leave what remains for the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow. Remember that you were slaves in the land of Egypt. That is why I am giving you this command.” Deuteronomy 24:19-2 NLT
This may have seemed wasteful to the struggling farmers of the day, but Moses knew that the LEAVE IT concept would help more to alleviate need than the gathering every bit of product for themselves.
What do you need to leave behind for others to enjoy? Open yourself to this concept for today and see what the Lord has in mind.
WHAT IS LEFTOVER CAN MEET SOMEONE ELSE’S NEED...IF YOU LEAVE IT!
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